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Election Surprises, Armed Robberies and Heroin Overdoses: 10 Most-Read Stories in January

From crime to politics, January was an eventful month in and around Mokena.

The south suburbs had an eventful month in January and much of that excitement involved Mokena. From Mayor Joe Werner's decision not to run for re-election to a traffic stop that led to the discovery of a man overdosing on heroin, we review the stories that were most-read on Mokena Patch during the past month.

1. When Can I File My 2012 Tax Return?

You'll have to wait if you are used to filing your annual tax return at the earliest possible date ... to read more, click here.

2. How Many Drinks Will Get You A DUI? (Chart)

Do you know how many drinks you can have before you're in danger of getting a drunken driving violation? ... to read more, click here.

3. UPDATE: No Formal Possession Charges in Heroin Overdose Traffic Stop Case

The Will County State's Attorney on Jan. 7 declined to file formal possession charges against Michael S. Matela, of Frankfort, after Mokena police performed a traffic stop on the car he was driving and discovered a man suffering from a heroin overdose in the car’s passenger seat ... to read more, click here.

4. Look Who Got Arrested in the L-Way Area Over the Holidays: Mug Shot Gallery

Every week we'll show some of the mug shots of people arrested in New Lenox, Mokena and Frankfort ... to read more, click here.

5. Missing Lockport Teen Last Seen in Worth

The family of a 15-year-old girl missing since Sunday is turning to social media in the hopes of locating her ... to read more, click here.

6. Werner Withdraws From Mayoral Race

Mokena Mayor Joe Werner announced Tuesday that he will withdraw his nominating petitions from the ballot for the April 9 election ... to read more, click here.

7. Second Prison Escapee Arrested in Palos Hills (UPDATE)

A Palos Hills police lieutenant remains hospitalized after wrestling with a wanted man who escaped from a downtown Chicago correctional center in December ... to read more, click here.

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Three and a half years after he was punched into a coma outside a Mokena bar, Eric Bartels sat propped in a wheelchair in a crowded Joliet courtroom ... to read more, click here.

9. Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested After New Lenox Car Crash: (UPDATE)

Details of the Tinley Park armed robbery that spilled over into New Lenox last night continue to unfold ... to read more, click here.

10. Challenged Incumbents to Remain on Ballot

Village board incumbents George Metanias, Joe Werner, John Mazzorana and Joe Siwinski will remain on the ballot in April’s election ... to read more, click here.

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